A Nelson man has died after being hit by a car last night while crossing Queen Elizabeth II Dr.
Michael Bruce Wixon, a 56-year-old transient Nelson man, was struck by a car travelling out of town, towards Atawhai.
The crash happened soon after 7pm on the state highway about 300 metres east of the Trafalgar St roundabout. The area is near a traffic layby, opposite Sovereign St. The man had been crossing towards the seaward side of the road.
Police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said they would like to speak to the drivers of two vehicles who were heading into town who passed the man just before the accident.
‘‘We’d like them to come forward and tell us what they know, if they know anything.’’
The man who suffered serious injuries died at Nelson Hospital’s emergency department.
The incident was being investigated by the serious crash investigator and would be referred to the coroner in due course, he said.
St John Ambulance spokesman Jon Leach said staff had attended the scene to treat the man.
‘‘He was in a life-threatening condition at the scene and was transported to the emergency department, where he subsequently passed away.’’
The man had suffered multiple traumas but mainly head injuries, which would have likely been the major contributor to his death, he said.
The accident has highlighted the need for better promotion of a nearby pedestrian underpass, NZ Transport Agency regional operations manager Mark Owen said.
He said there was an underpass beneath the nearby bridge which was between the Haven Rd and Trafalgar St roundabouts. Promoting its use was something NZTA would now do.
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